Draniki is a Belarusian style shallow fried potato pancake made of grated potatoes. It is a traditional Belarusian dish and still very popular in present day Belarus. They are served hot with cold sour cream, garlic sauce or berries (cranberries are especially good). The name draniki means “having been grated” because the potatoes are not cut but finely grated. There are many variations of this simple recipe, this is one of the most popular. Serves 2.


  • 5 Large potatoes
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 0.5 tea spoon Black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Sunflower Oil 7-8 tbl. spoons


  1. First of all you will need a grater to grate potatoes and onions coarsely.
  2. Be sure that you use appropriate side of grater as you need to grate potatoes into strips not into liquid mass. That what makes draniki unique.
Prepare ingredients.
  1. Peel potatoes and onion and grate them both into a bowl.
  2. Drain off any excess potato juice
  3. Add salt, pepper, egg and mix together.
  4. The substance should not be liquid, and should not be too thick, add some flour to achieve required level of liquidity.
  5. Heat the frying pan, pour 1 tbl. spoon of sunflower oil onto it.
  6. Drop a full table spoon of mixture into the frying pan and form a small about quarter inch thick pancake.
  7. Cook on high for 2-3 minutes and then flip over.
  8. Cook another 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Serve hot with cold sour cream.